Leave the courts alone to interpret existing law
My wife and I feel strongly that Judge Aaron Persky should not be recalled. The Santa Clara County Bar Association defended Persky, saying that Brock Turner’s sentence was based upon the probation report as well as being consistent with similar cases and stated that his removal would be a “threat to judicial independence.” Retired judge LaDoris Cordell has said that this was “definitely not a prison case. He had no prior criminal issues. This was not a sophisticated crime; these were two highly intoxicated people.”
Turner has paid a price, with jail time, 3 years of probation and registering as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Recalling a judge because some don’t like his/ her opinion makes me uncomfortable. I want the courts to be independent, especially in today’s political environment. Change the law, reform Stanford campus liquor policies, but leave the courts alone to interpret the existing law. — Dr. Lee Shahinian, Jr.,